AB/MPH Overview

The 5-year AB/MPH Degree is a rigorous program in professional public health education open to Brown undergraduates. As undergraduates in the AB/MPH program, students must concentrate in Public Health, qualify for the Honors Track and successfully complete an Honors Thesis.

Concentrators in the AB/MPH track take 16 courses toward the combined degree during their first four years (14 content courses plus 2 independent studies for Thesis preparation), and 7 courses in the fifth year. Students in the standard AB concentration have 12 course requirements; those in Honors track have 13, including the 2 Thesis prep courses. 

Students can apply to the AB/MPH program in the second semester of their sophomore year or during their junior year. Application to the AB/MPH is done through SOPHAS Express with review by the MPH Admissions Committee.  The priority deadline for applying to the AB/MPH Program is Feb 1.  After Feb 1, applications will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis until April 1.            
The following materials are required:

  • transcripts for all undergraduate academic work;
  • three letters of recommendation;
  • personal statement of understanding of public health and commitment to pursuing a career in public health. Statement should explain the relevance of education and/or experience to pursue a career in public health;
  • a résumé;
  • the SOPHAS Express application fee.